The clicks of wheeled luggage, a conversation behind louvred windows, music in the distance, a plane overhead – and yes, somewhere there are cars. It’s evening in La Marais, and it’s surprisingly quiet.
My guess is that Paris is actually getting quieter – especially as the city expands its micromobility network, pedestrianizes streets, reduces speed limits (and limits vehicles) while electrifying transit and, for that matter, everything else. And it’s not just Paris.
It goes against our expectations and intuition, but even Vancouver may be getting quieter in those places that are getting denser.